Last month Disneyland Resort released vacation packages for 2019, giving forward planners an opportunity to book through until the end of next year! For those looking to get a jump start on your planning, you may be wondering when are the best times to visit the parks next year. With that in mind, here’s a quick rundown of times of year you may want to consider and others you may want to avoid. But remember, if bound to Summer vacations or work schedules- you can go to Disneyland anytime of year and have a marvellous time!
When are the best dates to visit Disneyland in 2019? This will remain pretty similar to what we’ve seen so far in 2019 with the following date ranges offering the best times to pay Mickey a visit:
- January – the second half of the month typically has lower crowd levels.
- February – the first two weeks of the month
- March – early in the month
- May- this is a pretty good month for lower crowd levels with weekends being much busier with local traffic
- August- last two weeks of the month
- September – anytime after Labor Day
- October – the first half of the month
- November – the first two weeks
- December – the first two weeks
Pick any of these times and crowd levels should be quite manageable. There may be the odd conference during the times listed above that may have a slight impact on crowd levels but this can serve as a great starting point for those looking to schedule in a visit. weekdays in May, late August and September are (in our option) the best times to visit. During these times, families are either focused on the end of the school year or the beginning of the school year and not travelling to Disney which can work to your advantage. Early in the year (January and February) can also be nice options with mild temperatures. Finally, Early October is another of our favorites especially for Halloween-lovers as well as early November and Early December for those hoping to enjoy a bit of Christmas magic.
When should I avoid visiting Disneyland in 2019? – Again, I firmly subscribe to the notion that there is no “bad” time to do Disney. If you’re bound to school calendars or only have the vacation time to travel during public holidays that you can still make it work and have a marvellous time. But, if there’s a bit of flexibility and you want to stay away from the crowds, here are some times you may want to avoid.
- January 1– 6, 2019- The Christmas crowds still trickle over into this week making ia much heavier in terms of crowds and wait times.
- January 18 – 22, 2019 – Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend – There is normally a hefty spike in attendance during this public holiday so avoid if you can.
- February 14 – 23, 2019- President’s Day Weekend – Lots of families like to plot out a visit to Disney during February to take advantage of the long President’s Day Weekend thinking that it won’t be as busy as Spring Break. Think again. During this time resort availability can be slim and crowds can be heavy.
- March 17 – 31, 2019- Spring Break- Starting halfway through the month your Spring Break crowds start to descend making the month one of the busiest times of year to visit.
- April 1st – April 7th, 2019 – Spring Break – Crowds continue to be thick going into the first week of the month.
- April 18 – 23, 2019– Easter falls on April 21st in 2019 making it another popular time of year for families looking to maximize school holidays.
- Weekends in May 2019 – With the sun shining, a lot of locals opt to hit the parks over the weekend making for heavier crowds. If you’re travelling from further afield schedule your stay if possible on weekdays.
- Grad Nights – See Below- During select dates in May and June the Disneyland Parks close early for the exclusive use of high school classes. This means much larger crowds of teenagers during the day.
- May 25 – 31, 2019 – Memorial Day Weekend – This is a massively popular time to visit Disneyland. Memorial Day (officially May 27, 2019) is the official gateway to Summer and the parks can get pretty packed.
- July 1- 7, 2019- Fourth of July Week- The 4th of July falls on a Thursday in 2019 meaning the whole week will be heaving with park guests.
- August 30- September 3, 2019- Labor Day Weekend – Though the end of August and pretty much the whole month of September can be fantastic times to visit Disneyland, this popular weekend (usually the last weekend before school starts) can have larger than usual crowds.
- October 11 – 15, 2019- Columbus Day Weekend- Though not as popular as Labor Day or Memorial Day this weekend marks the start of Fall Breaks at school and can mean larger crowds.
- November 24 – 30, 2019. Thanksgiving- With Thanksgiving falling on November 28nd this entire week will see much larger holiday crowds.
- December 22 – 29, 2019. This is Christmas week with some of the largest crowds Walt Disney World will see all year which means parks can near capacity. Visiting Disney World during Christmas can be magical but expect very busy theme parks to go with it.
What about the Summer months? – Summer, in general, continues to be a very busy time to visit the theme parks. June, July, and August can be an awesome time to visit Disney but it’s good to have an action plan and a strategy for beating the crowds as well as the Summer temperatures.
I’ve heard Grad Nights should be avoided. What are they and is this true? Grad nights are select dates during the end of the school year where Disney throws special after-hours celebrations for graduating high school students. Special package options mean students also get discounted admission to both parks during the day resulted in large crowds of high school students. The dates for Grad Nights in 2019 are as follows:
- May- 10, 11, 17, 18, 21, 22, 28, 29 and 30th.
- June – 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12 and 14
I have visited during Grad Nights before and found the impact to be minimal. However, if you have very flexible dates then you may want to avoid.
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